A Jew Among the Evangelicals: A Guide for the Perplexed by Mark Pinsky (Westminster John Knox Press, $14.95, August 2006) has been named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry. It is one of ten books selected in the religion category.
Books in contention for the best books list are those that received one of the magazine’s coveted starred reviews, indicating a book of outstanding quality. “We receive approximately three thousand religion and spirituality books each year, and that number is growing” says Jana Riess, PW’s Religion Reviews Editor. Of those, we can review several hundred in the magazine, and star only a small number. For 2006, we had 55 starred religion books competing for ten slots on the best books list.”
The Publishers Weekly starred review of Pinsky’s book remarked “…it is Pinsky’s treatment of evangelicals in politics that distinguishes his book from countless other journalistic forays into the land of mega churches…Kudos to Pinsky for offering nuanced reporting instead of stereotypes.”
In A Jew Among the Evangelicals, Pinsky, longtime religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, writes of his “curious journey” from “nice Jewish boy from Jersey” to professional observer of evangelical Christianity. He examines the hopes, fears, and motivations of this influential subculture, and breaks down some of the stereotypes about them. It’s a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of an unpredictable, multifaceted group.
Mark Pinsky is also the author of the bestseller The Gospel According to The Simpsons, and The Gospel According to Disney, both published by Westminster John Knox Press.